Coffee Culture in "Little Brother"
Unpacking the Coffee Ritual
"Not the coffee, nor the coffeehouse is the longing of the soul
A friend is what the soul longs for, coffee is just the excuse” -Turkish Proverb
We love coffee. The entire human race does. Ive yet to meet an
individual who dislikes it. And I am not talking about the drink
specifically. I'm talking about the culture. From awkward first dates
to reuniting with an old friend, meeting over coffee has become an
instinct of humankind. You sit down, you grab your drink and a pastry,
and converse about whatever topic suits the occasion as you sip on your
thoughts as well as your coffee. For some, the coffeehouse is a morning
business meeting that is the only way to start the day. For others, its
akin to a day spa, a time to sit back and share a laugh. This carries
true in the novel “Little Brother” as well.
The coffeehouse has served as a meeting place for so many an event
Coffee serves as a medium for Marcus to interact with others. It can be
seen when he discuses his experiences with Darryl’s dad and Barbera
Stratford, as well as when Marcus speaks with his father and with his
"I'm sorry," he (Darryl’s father) said vaguely. "I don't really
have any coffee to offer you. I'm having more groceries delivered
tomorrow so I'm running low ญญ” …
"I have coffee on," she said. "Who wants some?"
We all put up our hands. I glared defiantly at my parents….”
“Jolu looked at me over his coffee.”
Important meetings happen over coffee. His dates involve coffee. Marcus
practically IS coffee. Coffee continues to be a lifeline throughout the
book and throughout human history. So the next time you have an
important conversation, ask yourself how is your coffee that you will
inevitably be drinking.